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Monday, 12 November 1973
Page: 3093


Mr FOX (HENTY, VICTORIA) - Is the Prime Minister aware that a great number of Australians are very upset by the decision of the Governor-General not to attend Princess Anne's wedding? Is it a fact that this decision was made by the Governor-General on the advice of the Government? If that is the position, what is the pressing emergency which could not have been adequately handled in the circumstances by one of Her Majesty's State Governors in order that the people of Australia could pay proper respect to the Queen of Australia?


Mr WHITLAM - The Governor-General did discuss with me the invitation he had received from the Queen and Prince Phillip to attend Princess Anne's wedding. I know that he also discussed it with the Queen and Prince Philip when they were in Canberra. That is a matter on which the GovernorGeneral makes up his own mind. I do not consider it appropriate to state what might have been the purport of discussions between His Excellency and me on this or similar matters, nor what I understand was the purport of discussions between His Excellency and the Queen and Prince Philip. I should inform honourable gentlemen that my memory is that no other Governor-General is attending the wedding. I have not heard, I do not believe, that State Governors were invited to attend the wedding.







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